Kalamazoo Xplosion
Founded 2007
Leagues CIFL
History Kalamazoo Xplosion 2007-2008
Arena Wings Stadium
Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Colors black, yellow


Division Titles 1 (2008)
Championships 0
President Mike Johnson
Mike Trumbell
Esteban Rivera
Owner Mike Johnson
Mike Trumbell
Esteban Rivera[1]
Head coach Mike Sparks
Official Dance Team The Xplosion Dance Team
Mascot Xplodey the Coyote

The Kalamazoo Xplosion are a 2007 expansion team of the Continental Indoor Football League, formerly the Great Lakes Indoor Football League. They are based in Kalamazoo, Michigan and they play their home games at Wings Stadium.


Original team owners are Mike Johnson, Mike Trumbell, and Esteban Rivera, who also own the Saginaw Sting.[1] A number of Sting players and Xplosion players indicated at the end of the 2008 season that wages were in arrears from the owners. This led to an investigation of Johnson in his role as Sting General Manager. Trumbell, owner of Triple Threat Sports in Battle Creek, and Rivera, a Battle Creek police officer, have offered a deal to split ownership of the two teams, with Trumbell and Rivera owning the Sting, and Johnson receiving the Xplosion.[2]

The team is sitting out the 2009 season but still is considered a CIFL team.[3]

Season-By-Season Edit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2007 10 2 0 2nd Great Lakes Won GLD Semifinal (Chicago)
Lost GLD Championship (Michigan)
2008 11 1 0 1st Great Lakes East Won GLD East Finals (Muskegon)
Won GLD Championship (Rock River)
Lost CIFL Championship (Saginaw)
Totals 24 5 0 (including playoffs)

* = Current Standing

2007 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 24 Marion Mayhem Away Won 37-35
April 7 Springfield Stallions Away Won 47-19
April 14 Chicago Slaughter Home Won 34-21
April 21 Marion Mayhem Home Won 39-31
April 28 Springfield Stallions Home Won 38-14
May 5 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 41-37
May 11 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 40-37
May 20 Chicago Slaughter Away Lost 47-51
May 28 Summit County Rumble Home Won 75-20
June 2 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 41-21
June 8 Port Huron Pirates Away Lost 20-55
June 16 Muskegon Thunder Away Won 34-28
July 7 Chicago Slaughter (Playoffs) Home Won 51-40
July 13 Michigan Pirates (Playoffs) Away (Flint) Lost 29-37

2008 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 7 Chicago Slaughter Away Won 46-39 (OT)[4][5]
March 14 Rock River Raptors Home Won 33-26 (OT)[6][7]
March 21 Flint Phantoms Home Won 62-8[8][9]
March 27 Fort Wayne Freedom Away Won 50-34[10][11]
April 4 Muskegon Thunder Away Lost 37-44 (OT)[12][13]
April 11 Chicago Slaughter Home Won 54-48[14]
April 19 Flint Phantoms Away Won 44-18[15]
May 3 Muskegon Thunder Home Won 49-19[16]
May 10 Rock River Raptors Away Won 36-28
May 16 Miami Valley Silverbacks Away Won 48-13
May 31 Miami Valley Silverbacks Home Won 46-43
June 7 Fort Wayne Freedom Home Won 39-32
June 14 Muskegon Thunder (Playoffs) Home Won 50-33
June 21 Rock River Raptors (Playoffs) Home Won 56-42
June 29 Saginaw Sting (CIFL Championship) Home Loss 37-41


  1. 1.0 1.1 Morgan, Wes (2008-04-18). "Xplosion owners juggling two teams". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  2. Mancina, Greg (2008-09-12). "Saginaw Sting ready to join new league while owners work to split their differences". The Saginaw News (Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-0-16.
  3. 2009 Schedule Released Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) website
  4. Beardmore, Matt (March 8, 2008). "Xplosion rallies from 20 down for OT win". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  5. "Kalamazoo Xplosion 46, Chicago Slaughter 39". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  6. Taft, Jay. "Rockford falls to Xplosion in OT of CIFL opener". Rockford Register Star (GateHouse Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  7. "Kalamazoo Xplosion 33, Rock River Raptors 26". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  8. Morgan, Wes (March 22, 2008). "Xplosion unleash their offense". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  9. "Kalamazoo Xplosion 62, Flint Phantoms Phantoms 8". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  10. Sebring, Blake (March 28, 2008). "Mistakes add up for Freedom". News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  11. "Kalamazoo vs Fort Wayne (Mar 27, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  12. Kendra, Tom (April 5, 2008). "XplosionD-fused". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  13. "Kalamazoo vs Muskegon (Apr 04, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  14. "Chicago vs Kalamazoo (Apr 11, 2008)". CIFL Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  15. Nilsen, Dan (April 20, 2008). "Phantoms again no match for Kalamazoo on home field". Flint Journal (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  16. "Xplosion get payback vs. Thunder". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2008-06-06.

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